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Mechanical Engineering for Non‑Mechanical Engineers

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This seminar is for individuals who would like to gain an understanding of the principles of mechanical engineering in a simple and easy to grasp format. It will cover all disciplines of mechanical engineering including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and control systems without relying on complex mathematics.

This seminar is a MUST for any individual seeking in-depth knowledge of all the principles and practices of mechanical engineering and mechanical equipment or who simply would like to refresh and enhance their understanding in the area of mechanical engineering.

It will be taught in an easy to understand manner and will utilize illustrated case studies to demonstrate practical examples of applied mechanical engineering. The participants will gain an understanding of the operation and maintenance of all mechanical equipment including the various types of pumps, compressors, valves, and actuators, as well as cover how mechanical equipment operates, the latest advances in maintenance techniques, and it will provide the necessary guidelines and rules to ensure the successful operation of this equipment.

The seminar will teach the participants how to select and size all mechanical equipment.  It will also teach: how to specify all mechanical equipment, maintenance activities required for all mechanical equipment and all the safety concepts associated with mechanical equipment.

The following information will be provided for all mechanical equipment:

  • Basic Design
  • Selection Criteria
  • Sizing Calculations
  • Enclosures and Sealing Arrangements
  • Codes and Standards
  • All Testing and Maintenance

Who should attend

  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals

What you will learn

  • An in-depth knowledge of all mechanical engineering disciplines including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and control systems
  • A thorough understanding of the operating characteristics of all essential mechanical equipment
  • Understand thoroughly all the tests required for all essential mechanical equipment
  • Determine the maintenance and troubleshooting activities required to minimize the downtime and operating cost of all essential mechanical equipment
  • Gain a detailed understanding of all the calculations and sizing techniques used for all essential mechanical equipment
  • How to select all essential mechanical equipment by using the performance characteristics and selection criteria that you will learn in this seminar
  • The various types of enclosures and sealing arrangements used for all essential mechanical equipment
  • The codes and standards applicable for all essential mechanical equipment


The instructor relies on a highly interactive training method to enhance the learning process. This method ensures that all the participants gain a complete understanding of all the topics covered. The training environment is highly stimulating, challenging, and effective because participants will learn by case studies which will allow them to apply the material taught to their own organization.

You will receive

Each participant will receive a copy of the following material written by the instructor:

  • The relevant materials of the “POWER PLANT EQUIPMENT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE GUIDE” published by McGraw-Hill in 2012
  • Practical Manual

Program outline

Day 1 - Pumps, Mechanical seals, and Compressors

  • Pump Categories: Dynamic (Centrifugal) and Positive Displacement (Reciprocating and Rotary)
  • Centrifugal Pumps: Operation, Casings and Diffusers, Hydrostatic Pressure Tests, Impellers, Hydraulic Balancing Devices, Mechanical Seals, Minimum Flow Requirement, Performance Characteristics, Cavitation, and Net positive Suction Head
  • Maintenance Recommended for Centrifugal Pumps
  • Centrifugal Pump Mechanical Seals, Basic Components, Seal balance, Face Pressure, Pressure-Velocity, Power Consumption, Temperature Control
  • Reciprocating Pumps, Piston Pumps, Plunger Pumps, Rotary Pumps, Screw Pumps, Two- and Three-Lobe Pumps
  • Cam Pumps, Vane Pumps, Bellows-Type Metering Pumps
  • Diaphragm Pumps
  • Pump Maintenance, Inspection, Overhaul, Diagnoses of Pump Troubles
  • Troubleshooting of Centrifugal Pumps
  • Troubleshooting of Rotary Pumps
  • Troubleshooting of Reciprocating Pumps
  • Perfect and Imperfect Gases
  • Compressor Polytropic Efficiency and Power Requirements
  • Compressor Volumetric Flow Rate and Volumetric Efficiency
  • Rotary and Reciprocating Compressors
  • Dynamic Compressors (Centrifugal and Axial)
  • Compressor Performance Measurement
  • Receivers, Compressor Control, and Compressor Unloading Systems
  • Preventive Maintenance and Housekeeping
  • Performance of Positive Displacement Compressors
  • Reciprocating Compressors
  • Reciprocating Compressors Troubleshooting and Maintenance
  • Diaphragm Compressors
  • Rotary Screw Compressors and Filter Separators
  • Straight Lobe Compressors
  • Recent Developments in Liquid/Gas Separation Technology
  • Dynamic Compressor Technology
  • Centrifugal and Axial Compressors
  • Centrifugal Compressors – Components, Performance Characteristics, Balancing, Surge Prevention Systems and Testing
  • Choking, and Anti-Choking Systems
  • Compressor Auxiliaries, Off-Design Performance, Stall, and Surge
  • Dynamic Compressors Performance
  • Surge Limit, Stonewall, Prevention of Surge, Anti-Surge Control Systems
  • Compressor Seal Systems
  • Gas Seals, Liquid Seals, Liquid Bushing Seals, Contact Seals, Restricted Bushing Seals, Seal Liquid leakage System
  • Dry Seals, Advanced Sealing Mechanisms, and Magnetic Bearings
  • Compressor System Calculations

Day 2 - Feedback Control, Control Valves, and Actuators

  • Introduction to Feedback Control Systems
  • Process and Instrument Elements of the Feedback Loop
  • Selection of Variables for Control
  • Feedback Control Algorithm
  • Proportional Control
  • Integral Control
  • Derivative Control
  • Proportional-Integral-Derivative Controller
  • Determining Tuning Constants that Give Good Control Performance
  • Controlled-Variable Performance (Integral Absolute Error)
  • Manipulated-Variable Behavior
  • Correlations for Tuning Constants
  • Fine-Tuning the Controller
  • Stability of Control Systems
  • Controller-Tuning Based on Stability
  • Effect of Process Dynamics on Tuning
  • Types of Control Systems
  •  Continuous and Discrete Data Control Systems
  • Cascade Control Systems
  • Smart Systems
  • Intelligent (Smart) Transmitters
  • Microprocessor-Based Transmitters (Smart Transmitters)
  • Smart (Intelligent) Pressure Transmitters
  • Advantages of Intelligent Instrumentation
  • Comparison Between Intelligent and Non-Intelligent Instrumentation
  • Stand-Alone Controllers
  • Self-Tuning, Sequencing, and Networking
  • HART Protocol
  • General Categories of Control Valves
  • Rangeability, End Connections, Shutoff Capability
  • Valve Sizing
  • Choked Flow
  • Gas and Steam Sizing
  • Control Valve Sizing and selection
  • Control Valve Cavitation
  • Control Valve Noise
  • Pneumatic of Actuators
  • Piston Actuators
  • Electric Actuators
  • Hydraulic Actuators
  • Positioners
  • Live Loading
  • Diagnostic Testing of Control Loops
  • Air-Operated Valves Diagnostics
  • Motors-Operated Valves Diagnostics